GCSE Computer Science Miss V Tatler Computer Science Subject Leader
What is Computing? • Study of how computers and computer systems work • How they are constructed and programmed • It is a discipline - explores foundation principles and ideas NOT ‘ICT’, which is a skills based course
Why study GCSE Computing? • We live in a digitised, computerised, programmable world and to make sense of it we need computing • Become innovators of new technology not just users • Computing has a huge impact on modern life • Subject is rigorous, exciting and varied • Excellent job prospects - Demand for IT professionals estimated to be up 15% in next 8 years, number of students aiming for jobs in the industry has fallen by 50% since 2001
Skills that GCSE Computing will develop • Logical reasoning • Algorithmic thinking • Design and structured problem solving • Computational thinking • Analysis and creativity • How to deal with real world and business constraints
A451 - Computer systems and programming • This unit covers the body of knowledge about computer systems on which the examination will be based.
A452 - Practical investigation • An investigative computing task completed under controlled conditions which assesses the following: • research, technical, understanding, analysis of problem, historical perspective, use of technical writing skills, recommendations/evaluation.
A453 - Programming Project Students will need to: • Understand standard programming techniques • Be able to design a coded solution to a problem including the ability to: • Develop suitable algorithms • Design suitable input and output formats • Identify suitable variables and structures • Identify test procedures.
Computer Science V ICT ICTis about using computer applications as a support tool. This builds upon the skills taught in ICT lessons. Computing is about learning how the computer works and how to program the computer. The two subjects are so different in content, that it is possible to choose both subjects.
All information from tonight can be accessed from the Computer Science subject page of the school website